The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Arts and Foreign Language Education Planning Assistance Grant Program (AFLP). The application is open in the Illinois Arts Council’s online Salesforce system and has a deadline of December 15, 2021 at 11:59pm and the awards will be announced in the spring of 2022.
Arts and Foreign Language Education Grant Program (AFL)
AFL is a joint initiative through IACA and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Its purpose is to support arts and foreign language education in schools, with an emphasis on ensuring that these areas become part of the school’s core curriculum. 
The one-year AFLP Grant is to support the development of district-based plans for initiating, strengthening, or expanding instruction in the arts or foreign language. AFLP grant awards are up to $40,000. The grant period will begin no sooner than March 15, 2022 and end November 15, 2022.
Eligible applicants are public school districts, public university laboratory schools, area vocational centers, and charter schools [school code105 ILSC 5/18-8.05(K), 2-3.109a, 2-3.109b, 27A-11.5]. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Jerome Grand to confirm eligibility.
The AFLP grant period is part of a larger, four-year AFL cycle that includes three subsequent years of implementation. While the implementation grant is not available at this time, the AFLP grant would help prepare the grantee for success with the implementation application and process in the future.
Important to note is that the AFLP applications will be submitted in IACA’s new online platform: More information on the new online system, including a user manual, can be found on the IACA website.
An Online Webinar will be available for applicants on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 1:00 PM Central Time. Pre-registration is required. 
Also, IACA staff are available via a drop-in video meeting to answer any questions on the AFLP program or the new online grant system. You do not need to pre-register, simply click the link at the time of the meeting to join the call via WebEx:

Full AFLP details and materials can be found on the IACA website:
For further information please contact Program Director, Jerome Grand, by email: or by phone: 312-814-6766. IACA staff are working remotely, it is recommended to contact staff via email for quicker response time. 
The IACA acknowledges ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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